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World Cup 2018: Portugal v Spain Preview, Kick-Off Time, Starting Line-Ups, Predictions

News by Rob Williams Published on 15 Jun,2018 Updated on 16 Jun,2018

The 2018 World Cup is on the way and games are coming thick and fast, and it’s now time for the first blockbuster clash as Portugal play Spain in Group B.

Spain vs Portugal is one of the most anticipated games of the Group stage which is going to start in few hours.

The 2010 World Cup Champions will be having their debut game against the 2016 Euro Champions.

Head To Head

Spain and Portugal had several matches in the history of football. But, it seems like Portugal has not won for a single time in their match against Spain in the World Cup history.

They had the first World Cup face-off in 1934, where Portugal faced a humiliating defeat in a 9-0 loss against the opposing team on 11 Mar 1934. Spain had a 2-1 victory over Portugal for the second time on 18 Mar 1934.

The 1950 World Cup also gone somehow bad for Portugal, as it ended in a 5-1 loss for Portugal in the match against Spain on 02 April 1950. The second match of 1950 World Cup between them on 09 Apr 1950, ended with a 2-2 draw.

Spain won for the third time in the 2010 World Cup match against Portugal on 29 Jun 2010.

Kick-Off Time

The game will start at 7 pm GMT (3 pm US time) on June 15, 2018. The match will be played at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi.

Players To Watch

There is always a question in every game, Which player will show up a better performance in the game.

Portugal has Cristiano Ronaldo who could be named Portugal’s key player winning the Euro 2016 final. Other players; Ricardo Carvalho, Joao Mario, Gelson Martins, and Andre Silva are other players to watch in the upcoming match against Spain.

Spain has Sergio Ramos who can change the game and also other players like David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Sergio Busquets, and Andres Iniesta who are worth watching in the upcoming game.

Line-Ups

# Portugal # Spain
1 RUI PATRICIO 1 DE GEA
3 PEPE 3 PIQUÉ
5 RAPHAEL 4 NACHO
6 FONTE 5 SERGIO
7 RONALDO (C) 6 A. INIESTA
8 J. MOUTINHO 8 KOKE
11 BERNARDO 15 RAMOS (C)
14 WILLIAM 18 JORDI ALBA
16 B. FERNANDES  19 DIEGO COSTA
17 G. GUEDES  21 SILVA
21 CÉDRIC   22 ISCO

BENCH

2 B. ALVES 2 CARVAJAL
4 M. FERNANDES 7 SAÚL
9 ANDRÉ SILVA 9 RODRIGO M.
10 J. MÁRIO 10 THIAGO
12 LOPES (GK) 11 LUCAS V.
13 RUBEN DIAS 12 ODRIOZOLA
15 RICARDO 13 ARRIZABALAGA (GK)
18 GELSON 14 AZPILICUETA
19 MÁRIO RUI 16 MONREAL
20 QUARESMA 17 IAGO ASPAS
22 BETO (GK) 20 ASENSIO
23 ADRIEN 23 REINA (GK)

Who will win today's match? Who will meet the expectations of the viewers?

More to watch and experience in this most exciting clash that is going to start in few moments.

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